Ends on February 28, 2017

Judged by representatives of the Abortion Care Network and Split This Rock, and this year's special guest judge Jan Beatty!

Sponsored by the Abortion Care Network and Split This Rock

Deadline: Midnight (EST), February 28, 2017

The Abortion Care Network (ACN), a national organization of independent abortion providers and prochoice supporters, and Split This Rock, a national organization that celebrates poetry that provokes social change, announce our Sixth Annual Abortion Rights Poetry Contest. This year's contest is judged by Jan Beatty, author of The Switching/Yard, Red Sugar, and Mad River.

The experience of people who seek abortion and other reproductive services is as varied as the individuals involved. For some, there is safety, relief, and good medical care. For others, there is doubt, harassment, and stigma. For all, health care takes place in a politicized context in which even the most basic choices about our bodies, sexuality, and childbearing can be scrutinized. Reproductive rights are also linked to a whole host of other social issues, such as economic status and the accessibility of safe, affordable health care.

ACN and Split This Rock welcome the submission of poems on these themes. We will award the following prizes: First ($100), Second ($75) and Third Place ($50), and Honorable Mention.

The prize-winning poems will be transformed into handcrafted artistic booklets distributed to all 2018 ACN meeting attendees and will be published in the ACN quarterly newsletter.  Poems will also be placed onto The Quarry, Split This Rock's online social justice poetry database.   

Read the winning poems from previous years in The Quarry.

Submission Guidelines:

  • All styles and approaches accepted.
  • Submit up to 3 poems (6 pages maximum) as one document by midnight (EST), February 28, 2016 via Submittable. If Submittable is not accessible to you, please contact us at info@splitthisrock.org and we'll send instructions on how to submit your poems.
  • One entry per poet, please.
  • We read blind. Please do not put your name or contact information on the document you upload to Submittable or within its title or your poems will be in jeopardy of being disqualified.
  • Previously published in print is acceptable, but, please, not on the web.
  • Simultaneous submissions accepted. Please inform us immediately through Submittable if the poem has been accepted for publication elsewhere. If Submittable is not accessible, let us know by emailing us at info@splitthisrock.org.
  • Close friends, relatives, students, and former students of the judge are excluded from the contest. Likewise, the current Board of Directors, staff, teaching artists, and DC Slam Team of Split This Rock are excluded, as are members of their immediate families. (For more detail: visit the code of ethics on Split This Rock's website.)
  • Except for special circumstances we are aware of in advance, we do not accept mailed or emailed submissions.

We encourage you to submit before the February 28 deadline so that if you encounter problems we can assist you.

Late entries will not be accepted.

Once decisions have been made, you will receive an email notifying you of the status of your submission. We do not send hard copy notifications or accept self addressed stamped envelopes.

Please monitor Split This Rock’s website and Facebook page for updates on the contest if for some reason you have trouble receiving emails.

Split This Rock subscribes to the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses Contest Code of Ethics. Read it online at our website.

ACCESSIBILITY: If Submittable is not accessible to you, please contact us at info@splitthisrock.org for alternate methods of submitting to the contest.

Questions? Contact us at info@splitthisrock.org.

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